Amethyst beads are made of a mineral scientifically known as silicon oxide quartz. Amethyst is abundant in comparison with other gemstones of equal beauty. That fact is what makes it affordable.
The origin of the name amethyst is Greek, meaning "not drunken." There is a mythical story about Dionysus, the god of intoxication, which created the association between amethyst and wine.
Amethyst gemstone beads come in opaque to transparent light lavender to deep purple. The depth of color in amethyst is indicative of its age, the older being darker in color. Amethyst usually has some milky inclusions. Light amethyst is also called "Rose de France." Cape amethyst is a translucent, rather than transparent, milky light lavender amethyst. Ametrine is part amethyst and part citrine. Heat or radiation, whether natural or created by man, causes the amethyst to transform into citrine.
|common treatments: often laser or heat treated (Heat treatment results in ametrine or citrine.)|
|special care: Avoid prolonged exposure to strong heat or light.|